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  1. #31
    Some say that the gas price equals our durrent inflation however our incomes having risen properly to match it. Major problem there. Politics, market shares are dominating the problem jst so some guys can get elected and have their way and just aking advantage of the rest of us who deserve to be paid properly. The FIAT system is not working spemding money that doesnt even exist.

  2. #32
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    Let me throw in my 2 cents. That's all I have in the bank. First Alvin wages have not kept pace. I have gotten over 30 percent wage increases in the last fours years but I'm more broke now than this time last year. The oil companies have made record profits for the last 6 yrs. that's profit vs. revenue. Also banks and wall st folks have been doing pretty well for a while. You want prices down, stop driving when you don't need to. Send the message that you won't pay it and it will come down. And the answer is definitely not to invade/attack some oil producing country like Canada. Did you know that Canada and Mexico have more crude than the rest of the world combined.

  3. #33
    "Attack or invade some oil producing country like Canada."
    What- where did that come from? When have we done that & please don't say Iraq. I did the Gulf War & have plently of buds that did the leatest one. When a country invades another country, they typically don't leave voluntarilly or give it back. They also do not have "Rules of Engagement" that limit what they are allowed to shoot at. If you believe that, then we should have cheapest oil on the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    fuel efficent technological advances are a joke. We are no more efficient than we were 25 years ago, unless $30k hybrids getting the same milage as my 1987 honda is some kind of advance.
    Because I have a fairly large family, and we road trip a lot, and because I need room for all kinds of gear and tools and crap, I drive an SUV. Not my first choice, but practical in my situation. I used to drive a Ford Explorer that got just over 14mpg. For the last 6 years I've been driving a '06 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Now I get 27mpg, and it's got 103k miles on it. In about 6 months, I'm giving it to my son, paid off, to put another 100k on it, hopefully. My next ride? 2012 Highlander Hybrid, rated by Consumer Reports #1 in it's class, as was the '06. Guess what kind of mileage the 2012 Highlander Hybrid gets... 27mpg. WTF?! Don't you think it should be getting well over 30 by now???

    I figured if you own a car for 4 years, you spend about 10k on gas over the life of the car... average. If you got a Chevy Volt, and only drove it as a commuter car... maybe to the liquor store and around town and whatnot... and put a few solar panels on your roof, you could basically save $2,000 a year in fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    I figured if you own a car for 4 years, you spend about 10k on gas over the life of the car... average. If you got a Chevy Volt, and only drove it as a commuter car... maybe to the liquor store and around town and whatnot... and put a few solar panels on your roof, you could basically save $2,000 a year in fuel.
    It would be cheaper to buy a used Prius, then buy the conversion to flip flop the use of the electric motor so it becomes more like the Volt, running solely on electricity and only running the motor to charge in times of need. Plus you can add a plug and make it more like a plug-in. You could get all that done for less than 20k.

  6. #36
    yeah the volt is priced in the 40 thousands. buying a wagon 4 banger or vw tdi turbo diesel or w/e is going to come in 15k less, in which the 2k saved a year in volt purchase wouldn't return on investment compared to these alternatives for something like seven years... i just bought a 2.0l 4 cylinder jetta wagon getting 29mpg highway and like 23 city for a combined savings of twice of what my jeep gets currenty, which is like 13 combined give or take... lifted 4.0l with 33" tires.